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Frequently Asked Questions About Ear infections and/or Sinusitis
1. What is Sinusitis?
*It is a infection of the sinus cavity usually from a bacteria. Sinusits is usually preceded by a cold, allergies or environmental factors.
*“For years I suffered from sinus headaches, sinusitis, pressure and pain. I have tried medications such as Nasonex, Flonase and antibiotics. I was tired of doing the drug thing. I needed a change. I found through my internet search Dr. Popkin. He suggested we do NAET and homeopathy. I started the procedure it was painful and very relaxing. I don’t know exactly how it works but I had amazing results and now feel great. No pain or pressure.”*
- Joseph V.
2. How does Sinusitis develop?
*Doctors and health specialists are not exactly sure why some individuals are susceptible to sinusitis, allergies and others are not. Many times allergies are passed from generation to generation or many times skip a generation. Many authorities feel that allergies can be developed to certain foods, substances, chemicals, etc.
*“My name is Kim and for years I suffered from sinusitis. It stated when I was a child in my teenage years and progressed into my 30′s then 40′s. I first sought help from my Medical Doctor who prescribed medicine. But, as time went on I became more and more dependent on the drugs. If I even missed one dose my symptoms would come right back. After years of this I decided to look into alternative means. I heard Dr. Popkin speak at Whole Foods on NAET. “Was this my miracle cure”. I decided to come see him after the presentation and he invited me to come in to his office. He did a through consultation and examination . We found out that food allergies were a trigger for my sinusitis problems all these years. So I decided to go for it. The NAET visits were informative and very positive. After a few treatments I began noticing a difference. Today i have no more sinus problems and I am off all meds and can breath clearly again.”*
- Kim T.
*3. How many different types of Sinusitis are there?
*“My 3 year old son Trevor kept on having recurrent ear infections. We took him to his Pediatrician several times and his solution was antibiotics and next the Pediatrician mentioned ear tube surgery. Later, after 5 regimes of antibiotics and possible ear surgery I had to make a change. My neighbor Chris saw the frustration I was going through with my son and mentioned Dr. Popkin. She stated he did this natural technique that helped her daughter of the same problem. I’m thinking to myself why didn’t you tell me sooner? I went to Dr. Popkin’s office and he explained what we need to do. We continued with the antibiotics since he was already taking them and started getting to the root of the problem which were allergies. He did the procedure which involved no needles or shots and several visits later Trevor started feeling better. I did get him off the antibiotics and to this day he has not had another problem. It has been 1 year . Thanks Dr. Dave Popkin!”*
- Victoria L.
4. What different symptoms can people experience from Sinusitis?
*Symptoms of sinusitis typically include sinus congestion, sinus discharge, sinus pressure, and facial pain or headaches from sinus pressure.
5. What is N.A.E.T. and how does it help with food allergies?
*NA.E.T. stands for Nambudripad Allergy Technique. NAET was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. She is an R.N., PhD in Acupuncture, Chiropractor and her M.D. degree. She has a clinic in Buena Park, California, where we have personally visited many times. She still sees over a hundred patients per day and continues doing allergy research.
*We have found that individuals with Sinusitis have many food allergies, sensitivities and environmental allergies as the underlying causes for sinusitis. By addressing the allergies using the amazing NAET technology the Sinusitis may resolve.
*I know that you’re wondering if NAET could help you or your child? It can. My name is Dr. David Popkin and I would love the opportunity to see if I can help make a difference for you and your family. Call me and let’s talk about your or your child’s ear infections or sinusitis and how NAET can help. You have nothing to lose and there will be no charge to talk with me. Call me at (954) 370-1900. I really do look forward to speaking with you!
6. How long has the N.A.E.T. procedure been in existence?
*N.A.E.T. has been researched and developed over the last 20 years.
7. Why haven’t I heard about N.A.E.T.?
*Even though it has been practiced over the past 20 years, N.A.E.T. is still considered a relatively new technology on the allergy scene. Dr. Devi has personally trained over 4500 practitioners in her allergy addressing technique. Unfortunately, these individual practitioners, including us, do not have the tremendous advertising budgets of the pharmaceutical industry to enhance the awareness of this cutting edge treatment. N.A.E.T. has grown primarily by word of mouth from existing patients and is only now finding its way into the research journals and allergy reference materials.
8. What is the N.A.E.T. procedure and testing?
*N.A.E.T. is based on the theory and concepts of EME or electromagnetic energy. The human body has a flow of electrical currents that run through it everyday of your life called meridians or energy channels. When the body has an allergic reaction, a blockage occurs in the meridians. Blockages of different meridians, or channels, cause different symptoms. By stimulating what are called alarm points on either side of the spine while the person holds the allergen vial, the electromagnetic energy is altered in the patient’s body therefore reducing the allergic response. In the body a chemical, enzymatic, and physiologic change occurs which neutralizes the immune mediators and therefore interrupts the antigen-antibody reaction. By doing this, it clears the energy blockages and notifies the brain that the allergen has been desensitized.
9. What is the treatment procedure on a typical N.A.E.T patient?
*The patient is first asked to wash their hands with soap and water in order to clean off any foreign substances or energies that may be on their hands. The patient is then asked to remove their watch, socks, shoes, and any other electrical or battery operated device from their body. The Doctor will then begin the MRT (muscle response testing procedure) in order to determine what substance the patient has allergy or sensitivity to. The MRT procedure is painless. When a baby or child is being tested, a surrogate will be used. Typically this is the parent. The surrogate is always checked first to make sure they are not allergic to the item being tested. After recording the findings, the Doctor will begin the first treatment. The patient then holds a small vial with the allergen energetic in it. The Doctor then uses a small painless instrument to stimulate key acupressure points along the spine. Based upon the patients preference, different techniques including acupressure, electro-acupuncture, laser acupuncture or needle acupuncture, are utilized in completing the treatment. After this procedure, the patient with the vial in hand is asked to relax for a period of 20 minutes. This period helps the body go through the desensitization to the allergen. In the case of children, the vial is secured to their body using a hypoallergenic tape. At the end of the treatment period, the doctor will once again check muscle response strength to the allergen. Once again, the patient will be asked to wash their hands; but this time only water is to be used. This will reduce the bioenergetics of the substance being treated. Final written instructions are then given outlining the products that must be avoided and the length of time of this avoidance period.
10. Does the treatment help people of all ages?
*N.A.E.T. can be effective for individuals of all ages. In our office we have treated pregnant women, newborns, infants, children of all ages, adults, and geriatrics.
11. How long do you have to avoid the allergen?
*As previously stated, after the treatment in the office is completed, you will be give a list of substances to be avoided and the length of time of the avoidance. Your body will be very sensitive at this time to the items / allergen that you have cleared. Most individuals have to stay away from the products for at least 25 hours. However, this could be longer in individual situations and will be assessed on each and every visit.
12. Are there any risks to the patient or potential side effects?
*There have been no reported side effects when the guidelines have been followed correctly. If they are not adhered to, the patient may experience an allergic reaction if they come in contact with the allergen during the avoidance period. The high success rate is due in part to the thorough consultation, examination, and proper treatment protocols that are instituted in our office. The patient’s commitment, understanding, and follow through with the Doctor’s instructions are an integral part to the success of the treatment. If the guidelines are closely followed, side effects should be few, if none at all. The patient can expect improved health, which relates to an enhanced immune system, reduction of their allergies and symptoms, and a sense of well being.
13. Is there a certain order that must be followed in treating allergens?
*Yes, according to Dr. Nambudripad’s technique food items are checked and cleared first. There is a list of foods called the basics. 15 to 25 foods must be evaluated. The reason we check foods first is that your body cannot survive without food. Your body can avoid certain environmental allergens, chemicals, inhalants, etc. By clearing foods first, we strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, and absorption. This allows your body to get the necessary nutrients which are essential when undergoing the subsequent treatments. Typically, the treatment order is as follows:
*The order is very structured and must be followed exactly because one food group is usually linked to the subsequent one. Clearing of one allergen could potentially reduce the need for treating another allergen group further down the line.
14. How many treatments will I need?
*This is a very difficult question to answer in that everyone has different genetic makeup, body type, histories, and personality. All of these factors will come into play in order to determine which allergens need to be treated. Most individuals will have to be tested and cleared on the basics that come of positive. For each positive allergen being tested, one session is usually needed for clearing that particular item. Only one allergen is cleared or treated per visit. This is not only because your body is actively desensitizing toward the one allergen, but also it would be rather difficult for your body to go through this procedure with multiple allergens at the same item. Secondly, it would be rather difficult to avoid multiple food groups at the same time and strict adherence to the avoidance list and avoidance time is a key component to a successful treatment. Fasting is not recommended, or allowed, during the avoidance period.
15. What is the difference between allergy shots and N.A.E.T.?
*The goal of allergy shots or immunotherapy is to desensitize the individual to the allergen or allergens by injecting a small amount of the substance in the skin. Allergy shots typically do not offer long-term results but are primarily used as a symptomatic approach. The injection is usually administered in the arm and given 2x per week. The dosage is gradually decreased depending on symptoms until a maintenance level is established. This process can last for 5 -7 years. Shots can be painful when being administered. Pain at the injection site, with soreness can also be expected from these shots.
*N.A.E.T. uses no shots, no needles, and no medications. It is a painless treatment. With N.A.E.T., in just a few visits most individuals will achieve positive results in a short time. Although the number of treatments varies as a result of the amount of allergens that need to be treated, most people can have resolution of a life-long problem in as little as 3 months or a few visits.
16. How do I setup a consultation with the doctor to see if he can help me?
*Dr. Popkin will be happy to discuss any questions, or concerns with you prior to you coming. Please call (954) 370-1900 to schedule a consultation with the doctor.
17. Patient Testimonials
*“For years I suffered from sinusitis, sinus headaches, pressure and pain. I have tried medications such as Nasonex, Flonase and antibiotics. I was tired of doing the drug thing. I needed a change. I found through my internet search Dr. Popkin. He suggested we do NAET and homeopathy. I started the procedure it was painful and very relaxing. I don’t know exactly how it works but I had amazing results and now feel great. No pain or pressure.”*
- Joseph Valenci
*“My name is Kim and for years I suffered from sinusitis. It stated when I was a child in my teenage years and progressed into my 30′s then 40′s. I first sought help from my Medical Doctor who prescribed medicine. But, as time went on I became more and more dependent on the drugs. If I even missed one dose my symptoms would come right back. After years of this I decided to look into alternative means. I heard Dr. Popkin speak at Whole Foods on NAET. “Was this my miracle cure “. I decided to come see him after the presentation and he invited me to come in to his office. He did a through consultation and examination . We found out that food allergies were a trigger for my problems all these years. So I decided to go for it. The NAET visits were informative and very positive. After a few treatments I began noticing a difference. Today i have no more sinus problems and I am off all meds and can breath clearly again.”*
- Kim Thomasino
*Results may vary from person to person